Natural gas fireplace buying tips

Convenience is the big seller for natural gas: no ashes or wood to clean up, and you can light your fire with the flick of a switch. Gas models are also compact, requiring little space to install. And they can go virtually anywhere thanks to numerous venting options: Direct vent: this type of natural gas fireplace is designed to vent directly out of the exterior house walls or through the roof, rather than a chimney. It has a sealed, double-pipe venting system which makes it an... 

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The comfort of a natural gas furnace

Why is natural gas the homeowner’s best choice in home heating? Because homes heated with natural gas all feel alike – warm and draft-free. Even in the coldest weather, while electric heat pumps may fail to adequately deliver heat, you can rely on a natural gas furnace. A gas furnace delivers air from the vent at about 130 degrees F, which can be as much as 40 degrees warmer than an electric heat pump. Of all new homes built, over 80% use natural gas as the main central... 

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So you want a fireplace …

There’s nothing like cozying up to a warm fireplace on a cold winter’s night. But if you’re in the market for a new fireplace, the options can be overwhelming: Should you get an insert or a freestanding model? How will the venting work? Should you choose natural gas, electricity or wood fuel? The best place to start your search is at home. First, determine why you want a fireplace. Will it heat your home, or is it primarily a decorative appliance? Also take into... 

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Gas Pool Heaters

Gas heaters are either Natural Gas or Propane (LP). Both heaters offer the same efficiencies. Natural gas may be somewhat less expensive to heat with since natural gas is already available at your home. Propane gas must be trucked in and pumped into a tank in your yard. Basically, all gas heaters work the same way. There are burner elements where the gas flame heats up a special metal heat exchanger tubes. Water from your filter is pumped into the inlet of the heater. The water... 

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Barbecue Freedom

Can you enjoy the same smoky flavor without the hassle and mess of charcoal or propane? Yes! There is no propane tank to fill up or charcoal mess! Natural gas controls are right at your fingertips, which gives you easy access to clean and abundant energy for cooking outdoors. Safe, convenient, and reliable – natural gas barbecues will keep your food hot and your kitchen cool. Natural gas flames provide an adjustable source of heat that can be fine-tuned with precision.... 

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Ranges and Ovens

Why do the finest chefs prefer cooking with gas? Because natural gas ranges respond to your touch instantly, giving you total control. With a gas flame there’s no waiting for the burner to warm up or cool down. Contrary to an electric range, the cooking stops as soon as you turn off the burner. Foods can cook faster and more evenly with natural gas. The pilot-less ignition of newer models eliminates the need for a standing pilot light. This means that the flame burns only... 

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Wood-burning fireplace selection tips

For some of us, nothing can replace the popping sounds and smoky aroma of a real wood fire. While wood fireplaces or stoves require no electricity or natural gas, they can be labour-intensive since wood needs to be supplied. They can be put almost anywhere in a room, provided there’s a chimney available. Here are some considerations when shopping for a wood fireplace: Look for Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification. Since... 

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